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Plot: Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 31 Oct 1972
"Can you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the snail. "There's a porpoise right behind me, and he's treading on my tail..."Michael Caine had a pretty good year in 1972. GET CARTER was one of his best-ever films, but he was also nominated, along with Laurence Olivier, for an Academy Award for his rôle in the film adaptation of Anthony Shaffer's stage play SLEUTH neither of them got it, though - that year it went to Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER .More an off-beat comedy than a drama, PULP is a nice little blend of Alfie and Harry Palmer, and is a <more>
sadly unregarded gem that has nevertheless become a bit of a cult film loaded with many inside jokes. The 'three Michaels' - Mike Hodges, Michael Caine and Mike Klinger - may not have hit similar paydirt as with their GET CARTER, but the sheer knowing coolness of pulp writer Mickey King's Caine Chandleresque voiceover dialogue is carried off with caustic wit, panache and style "The day started quietly enough, then I got up." ; in fact, there are four Michaels if one adds Mickey Rooney - and a fifth if one includes the main character, Mickey King. Fearing possible stereotyping as a Hard Man, PULP was intended to be the opposite of Caine's hard-hitting Jack Carter character: affecting the relaxed raffish air of the self-satisfied ex-pat he left London and his lucrative job as a funeral-director, and elbowed the wife and three kids , Mickey King glides about the Mediterranean in a dapper white corduroy suit, churning out cheap gangster fiction paperbacks under ludicrous aliases Guy Strange, Gary Rough, Dan Wilde, Les Behan, newly-discovered Indian writer Dr. O.R. Gann, and struggling Nigerian author S. Ódomi and hard-boiled titles Kill Me Gently, The Kneetrembler and My Gun Is Long . In fact, his voiceover dialogue of heroic action is the opposite of his real-life reaction when confronted with dangerous situations - starting with a succession of taxis completely ignoring his hails!Neatly filmed on Malta, G.C., the film is an odd joy from beginning to end, with little pastiches that are hommages to John Huston the FBI agent who appears to be Bogart enquiring from whom appears to be Peter Lorre after what turns out to be a Maltese falcon ... and wonderful quirky characters. King's publisher, Markovic, is "a Greco-Albanian born in Budapest" with a bladder problem. Obviously vegetarian, the Mysterious Englishman, Mr. Balmoral Dennis Price , is reading Alice In Wonderland for the 118th time, and so well able to insult steak-eatin' folks from steak-lovin' Texas from it; could he be part of the developing mystery? Lionel Stander puts in a nice turn as a laid-back, ageing wiseguy "His name was Ben Dinuccio. It was the nicest thing about him." . Starting at the Temples of Zonq, leggy Nadia Cassini Liz Adams shows why hotpants were - and still are! - great [Cassini went on to become a 1970s and 1980s starlet in Italian erotica and Trash flics]. Swarthy and moustachioed, Al Lettieri Ben Miller plays ... well, Al Lettieri, the stereotyped rôle he can never get away from: the 'heavy' - as he did in The Getaway and Mr. Majestyk - who dons the priest's garb and eventually meets with an undignified for a heavy, that is end. One of Gilbert's ex-wives, sexy-voiced Lizabeth Scott Princess Betty Cippola shmoozes suggestion as she knows The Establishment are really In Control of events she calls her husband Dago .But the real treat is Mickey Rooney as the faded film star, Preston Gilbert, ejected from Hollywood for his Mob associations. In a villa on a private island, with his deaf mother, companion Liz and his PR-man Dinuccio, semi-reclusive Gilbert lives the life of the wealthy idler reliving past glories by playing old 78s and corny soundbites from his Cagneyesque old gangster films, and inflicting practical jokes on unsuspecting tourists. Delightfully hamming it up, his poncing around in his skivvies [I creased-up at the double-mirror bit] and applying his toupée is a marvellous send-up of himself! With the Big Sleep approachin' Gilbert hires King to ghostwrite his lifestory plus a few revelations - "a death-rattle in paperpack, eh?" according to a sceptical King. Preston insists the book come with an opening quote from Samuel Goldwyn, "We all passed a lot of water since then."Hodge's cutaway scenes show a nice eye for detail. Elections are due, so throughout there are street marches by elderly and not-very-impressive hangers-on of the New Front party of creepy law-and-order politician Prince Frank Cippola - a comment on then-topical real-life Prince Borghese and the quasi-establishment, certainly neo-Fascist, Spada movement. "The wizard ringing in," the dignified pain of ashamed former Partisan Signor Lepri, and the "retired gunman who drew too late - twice" supping cola at the 42nd Street Bar King sits under a plaque saying Ave Maria add to the quirky mystery.Poignant are the closing scenes. Whilst King feverishly hammers out the imagined ending to his own ordeal in which he re-uses passages from previous novels , Cippola's shooting-party have hounded a wild boar toward his shooting platform in a scene that would be unacceptable today . Trapped, the wretched beast has nowhere to go. Safe from the boar's frantic attempts to charge the wire, it's an easy shot, no real competition. Having bagged his kill, unassailable aristocrat Cippola raises a glass of champagne to the camera. "I'll get you, you bastards ..." wails King, unable to scratch an itch ...Yup, a gem.
This film confounded those who were expecting a performance from Caine that echoed the 'hard man of few words' character which he mastered in Get Carter only one year before Pulp. Some saw it as playing his recent success for laughs, but when viewed separate from Get Carter, the jokes still stand up. The sense of farce builds and the sinister setting and plot twists move the story along without breaking the essential flow. Much of the comedy comes from well delivered one liners parodying the pulp novelist, so often seen today but done well for the first time in this film, but the <more>
understated "black slapstick" and the stoic character portrayed by Caine have much comedic value. The main reason this film is little known now is that it never quite fit into a genre very well. The only advice I can offer is to watch the film without Caine preconceptions and let the laughs come.
After making the greatest gangster film Get Carter, it was probably was going to be hard for Mike Hodges and the team behind Get Carter, to accomplished a film better than Get Carter.Wisely Hodges decided to make a film that wasn't gangster flick. Pulp is a quirky eccentric film. Caine is great as the pulp writer, along with Mickey Rooney as an ex actor. One things I like to mention is the music by George Martin, producer of all the brilliant Beatles songs, creates a memorable soundtrack.Pulp remained me of Hodges later film Croupier which deals with a struggling writer, I would recommend <more>
Why do I love this movie so very much?The level of smarm and snark is beyond stellar, Caine is absolute perfection. Sure it's cliché' filled and spectacularly dated, but I think that is part of why it's so entertaining. Mickey Rooney is an interesting casting decision, and it makes me wonder if part of the reason he is in it was to secure financial backing from the studio. He was after all a huge force in the business at this time.Back to the movie. There's no point to breaking down technical parts and storyline continuity. It is far greater than the sum of it's <more>
parts.It's the kind of gem you find that reminds you of your reason for searching...Equal parts grit and ingratiating , it deserves to be watched if for noother reason than for a grimy window into the world of early 70's movie-making.Watch it. It's a Sunday afternoon delight.It's a imperfect, melancholic joy.
essential for fans of Michael Caine because this just might be his best performance! (by christopher-underwood)
I don't recall whether I saw this theatrically back in the day but not having been a massive fan of Get Carter, the year before, it is possible I didn't. Not many did it seems and the film has rather languished, lacking a clear pidgin hole of a genre for it to shine anew. Well, Arrow Films now give it a second chance with a glorious Blu-ray release and it is a wonder to behold. Whatever you are expecting you will be confounded and the trick seems to be that you should sit back and enjoy rather than rant that it is not Get carter or that it should not have continuous narration. Now, <more>
that narration, almost continuous from Michael Caine, is quite wonderful. It may seem strained at first but once you realise that it is a pastiche of pulp paperbacks, sex, violence, gangster, the lot, much fun is to be had. The film opening, beneath the credits is fantastic and eases you into this unique film even before you have any idea of what is going on. So, the narration is great and amusing the dialogue is equally good, the music thank you George Martin is very fine and the look of the film a joy to behold. The acting by all is effective, I personally thing that Mickey Rooney is a bit over the top but maybe that helps. Anyway, its a must see for adventurous filmgoers, lovers of the unusual and quirky and absolutely essential for fans of Michael Caine because this just might be his best performance!
Compared to "Gumshoe", almost excellent! (by JohnHowardReid)
So far, I've not covered the noir pastiche. Two that come to mind are Gumshoe 1971 , available on a 10/10 Sony DVD, and Pulp 1972 a 10/10 M-G-M DVD . Despite its promising premise, Gumshoe is rather disappointing, thanks mainly to the obtrusively TV-style direction of Stephen Frears and the mistimed performance of Albert Finney. Aside from Janice Rule, Fulton Mackay and Billy Dean, the support players also fail to impress. Admittedly, the director occasionally uses his locations effectively, but on the whole, script, acting and direction are far too self-conscious to make the movie <more>
either involving or entertaining. Pulp, on the other hand, is everything Gumshoe is not. True, it does start a little uncertainly, but once Lionel Stander comes on stage and hero Michael Caine boards the bus with Dennis Price and Al Lettieri, the movie suddenly gets into stride. With the entrance of the wonderful Nadia Cassini her first of only two English-language movies and Mickey Rooney, our delight seems almost complete - only to be topped still further by Lizabeth Scott her final film to date and Leopoldo Trieste. If anything, both the sly humor and the edge-of-the-seat thrills increase as the film progresses.
A quirky movie which deserves a wider audience. (by david-697)
While Hodges and Caine's 'Get Carter' has long since become a classic movie, it's follow up, 'Pulp' has been largely forgotten about. This is a shame, as, on it's on its own terms, and 'Pulp' is as rich a film. Like the previous movie, 'Pulp' is influenced by such noir writers as Chandler, Hammett and MacDonald all three are referenced during the film , however, the big difference lies is the amount of comedy used. The first half is full of comic moments and even though it does turn darker comedy is ever-present.Most obviously, it's in the <more>
way the movie parodies such clichés as voice overs people who complain of it's over use are, I think, missing the point, as the tension between King's voice over and the actual events help give the movie it's kick . Michael Caine's 'Micky King', is light-years away from his role as the vengeful 'Jack Carter', slightly pathetic, constantly trying to keep up with the plot, is an enjoyable performance, as is Mickey Rooney's over the hill movie star. The 'Loaded' generation who took 'Carter' into their hearts are never, ever going to understand this movie, but in its own quirky way, it's up there with such key 'seventies movies as 'The Long Goodbye' or 'Chinatown'.
For many IMDb members, the 70s may just as well be the 1870s, the disconnect is so large.Comedy? No it isn't.It was a 70s movie with hints of satire but not a comedy. There are no punchlines. There are no pauses for laughs.Caine at his peak shows how pleasant surroundings and a tight voice-over can engage the audience to a degree we seldom see today.This is pure entertainment. Ferris Bueller eat your heart out.One lead actor Caine one supporting actor Rooney and a bunch of people you never heard of.And it works.